Before funding the Health Consumer Powerhouse in 2004, Mr. Hjertqvist has been active in fields such as student and domestic politics, think tanks, business advocacy and social entrepreneurship. He was instrumental in founding Timbro in 1978, still the most influential Swedish think tank. Working for the Federation of Swedish Industry and the Swedish Employers Association he developed groundbreaking policies for private enterprise in the publicly funded welfare sector. He has served as deputy mayor (in the city of Tyreso) and as senior advisor at Burson-Marsteller. He is the author of ten books in politics, healthcare policy and cookery.
Mr Hjertqvist has a Master Degree of Law from the Stockholm University.